Philippines, Metro Manila Subway Project Loan Agreement Signed

On 16 March 2018 the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan, signed a loan agreement with the Government of the Philippines to provide a Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan for Phase 1 of the Metro Manila Subway Project.

Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to a mitigation of traffic congestion in Metro Manila through the construction of the first subway in the Philippines

The Philippines were represented by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, Secretary of Budget and Management Benjamin Estoista Diokno and Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan. JICA Philippines Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, outgoing Philippines Chief Representative Susumu Ito and Embassy of Japan Financial Attaché Noboru Kageyama signed for Japan.

This first metro system in the Philippines will be 25 km long with 13 underground stations, connecting Quezon City in the north to Parañaque in the south:

  1. Mindanao Avenue – Quirino Highway, Quezon City

  2. North Avenue, Quezon City

  3. Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

  4. East Avenue, Quezon City

  5. Anonas, Quezon City

  6. Katipunan Avenue

  7. Ortigas North, Pasig

  8. Ortigas South, Pasig

  9. Kalayaan Avenue, Makati

  10. Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig

  11. Cayetano Boulevard, Taguig

  12. Food Terminal Inc. (FTI), Taguig

  13. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Pasay

    The initial three stations of the country’s first subway would be operating by May 2022, according to a statement by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, with the right-of-way needed to start building them ready to be delivered by mid-2018.

There is reportedly a plan to extend the subway line to Bulacan in the north and Cavite in the south, Dominguez added, saying he was “confident that the succeeding administrations will get this done.”

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Ernesto Pernia stated that “the MMSP (Mega Manila Subway Project) will significantly improve Metro Manila’s transportation system, air quality and productivity, thereby reducing the P2.4-billion economic loss the country incurs daily due to heavy traffic.”

A previous statement by Secretary Arthur Tugade dating back to November 2017 had already indicated that the metro service would start with 19 trains, each train consisting of eight cars, running at a maximum speed of 80 kph.

The project includes a depot in Valenzuela, electro-mechanical systems and rolling stock, and the establishment of a Philippine Railway Institute.

The loan funds will be allocated to:

  • Constructing stations, underground tunnels between stations, the depot and other public works

  • Procuring rail systems and rolling stock

  • Consulting services, including tender assistance, construction supervision and Transit Oriented Development support (the design of a compact area around stations for mixed residential and commercial uses, in order to minimize the demand for private transport)

It is expected that Japanese technology and goods such as underground tunnel excavation methods, tunnel construction in narrow space techniques, signalling systems and rolling stock will be utilised for the project.

Metro Manila is 620 square km in size and the population has rapidly increased from 7.92 million people in 1990 to 12.87 million in 2015, leading to high population density and serious traffic congestion.

The project is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

The highest priority of the Infrastructure Roadmap is the development of two large-scale public transportation networks in the north-south direction (‘north-south backbones’) to strengthen the connectivity between Metro Manila and its northern and southern suburbs. The Metro Manila Subway will be one of the backbones, the other being the 37.6 km long North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project between Malolos and Tutuban, also supported by a Japanese ODA loan.

Full project completion is currently envisaged in September 2025, when the facilities will be put into service.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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